In 1998 in the UK, ruralnet|online was founded to use the Internet as a medium for providing information and support to rural towns. Now, 10 years later, its founders embarked on a new co-design project to make use of Web 2.0 technologies.

The purpose of ruralnet has evolved and its new site is called the Community Carbon Network. Its function is very similar to that of Presilience, but it’s based on a thriving organization of individuals and local communities, where Presilience is currently based on one person’s curiosity and intention to help. From CCN:

Here you will discover other like-minded people taking action to tackle climate change. The network consists of other communities who want to learn more about how to develop and maintain their projects – and share what they know and have learnt in the process.

The network will pull together relevant information from across the worldwide web and deliver it to communities in a way that is timely and easy to access.

Importantly, the network consists of REAL people who want to collaborate with other REAL people; the best information and advice comes from those who have ‘been there and done that’.

Perhaps the most realistic and practical approach to preparing for local impacts of climate change is the Transition Towns model being adopted widely across Great Britain. As the movement describes its purpose:

The transition model emboldens communities to look peak oil and climate change squarely in the eye and unleash the collective genius of their own people to find the answers to this big question:

for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how are we going to:

  • significantly rebuild resilience (in response to peak oil)
  • drastically reduce carbon emissions (in response to

On April 2, I blogged about using the wiki platform for local and inter-local organization. Recently, the Transition Towns networked moved its online activity to a wiki platform where its registered members can now collaboratively author web pages to plan and coordinate their initiatives. On this page you’ll find a list of designated transition town communities. Totnes is considered the “flagship” of the movement. Its web site is not a wiki, but gives a good overview of what a truly active community can be. There are also about 600 local communities “mulling it over” – communicating with Transition Towns about the possibility of joining the movement.



How timely. This article on Transition Towns just got published and distributed by the Yorkshire Post.